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There are few things on MO more annoying than posting an answer and then seeing that answer deleted before it even had a chance to be seen (except by the account that asked the question). All that work for nought. Occasionally though there are circumstances where the question-asker has a really compelling reason for deleting a question as quickly as possible....


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The vast majority of people who write the most common low-quality questions are not going to read this page at all. I think the people much more likely to read this page are those, especially graduate students, who are very nervous about asking a question on MO. They need some encouragement and some advice on how to present a question to ensure it is well-...


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This is not an answer expressing a preference, but one giving some resources for people to consider. Intmath.com made a Speed Comparison Test between KaTeX and MathJax. MathOverflow is currently running MathJax 2.7.5; the new version that is MathJax 3 runs significantly faster. KaTeX does run even faster still. There are some breaking changes between ...


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Need: Most importantly, a true preview which shows me exactly what I have written and which I can look at without affecting my LaTeX. Support for at least the symbols in standard LaTeX and amssymb (including amsfonts). At least one of array or matrix. Both inline and displayed math. Currently have and very much want: Simple user defined macros. (I'm ...


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The fact that the bounties are not refundable is pointed out in the help center and marked in bold: All bounties are paid for up front and non-refundable under any circumstances. Also the dialog used when offering the bounty has this information - although it is in a smaller font, the text "this reputation is deducted immediately and cannot be ...


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We don't have a way currently to remove a specific badge but we do have a built-in way to remove a type of badge - by class (gold, silver, bronze). As such, I've just removed all bronze badges from appearing in the right sidebar "Recent badges" section to address this issue. We're still looking at what we can do about the actual issue with the spam ...


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If you see a question that seems off-topic or inappropriate for MathOverflow, but protected from close votes by a bounty, please flag for moderator attention. We can remove the bounty, and in obviously bad cases, close the question immediately. More generally, if you think a bounty is being offered in bad faith, or in violation of reasonable norms, please ...


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Vote up / down if you would / would not prefer to add to Martin Sleziak's proposal some language about cross-posting. Voting for this change does not preclude voting for any other change as well; we may end up making more than one change in the end. To improve the chances of your question getting an answer make sure that it: Is about mathematics at ...


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Here again is the relevant meta SE question on appealing suspensions. Here is some general advice for users who have been suspended. It's natural, when being disciplined, to feel defensive, or to feel wronged. But remember that one purpose of the suspension is to give you time to reflect on your behavior, and to try to understand how you can change your ...


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I brought this up in the Charcoal HQ chat (about Charcoal). They pointed out a few technical hurdles, and also pointed me to evidence that SE has simply decided this issue is not important enough to fight. For instance, I suspect one reason they haven't implemented something like the suggestion Martin linked to is that they realize that would just be the ...


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Just for closure, here is my slanted summary of the discussion in the comments: It is a feature and not a bug that it takes some digging to actually migrate a question. This is because migration is only appropriate in very specific circumstances, but to the casual MO user (even one with enough rep to vote on closures), this is generally initially unclear -- ...


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Let me give some initial suggestion. (I hope that somebody proposes a better version - seeing many well-written posts both on main and on meta, clearly many MO users are able to do so.) I have tried to keep it short - after all, the window is not very big. So I did not include some suggestions from the comments - such as a note about cross-posting. I did not ...


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Section headers. Or smaller section headers Or even smaller section headers And, please, for the love of Erdős, do not use those other hacks. They are wrong semantical markup, and I find them all very objectionable. For instance, I have found myself searching for the source of a "quote" in the past, thinking that they were quoting something that ...


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I think having a tag for something like this would be quite reasonable. However, I have a couple reservations with your proposal. First, in my opinion "arithmetic logic" is not an ideal tag name: it sounds like it refers to the study of general logics from an "arithmetic" perspective, rather than the study of theories of arithmetic in (...


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I personally liked to use quoting for highlighting a question in a long body of text, but now the style has changed, and I am also persuaded by the semantic markup issue. But this answer is mostly to demonstrate that code style is much more terrible, since long lines don't wrap, and one gets a scroll bar, and on mobile I think this is much worse than any ...


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Vote up / down if you think Martin Sleziak's proposal should / should not be modified to use the phrase "research-level mathematics" rather than "mathematics at graduate level or higher". (Note that this would actually bring the wording closer to earlier drafts of Martin's proposal; the term "graduate-level" had been introduced ...


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I'm going to make a sort of meta-comment that might explain the negative reaction that people have to this question. I think there are two issues: I think that many people (including me) find the whole idea of MO-reputation kind of silly and distracting. Getting worked up over it is just not a good use of anyone's time. In my experience, bounties here ...


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Concerning the first proposed edit, its modifications are unlikely to make things more clear for users asking low-quality questions. In particular, such users rarely have any exposure to graduate education, so would have no idea what “graduate-level training” means. Not to mention that such a description makes no sense for much of Europe, where the ...


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The new Custom Ask Advice that is shown to new users is now live. Here is what it looks like right now on the site:


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There are several sites which use a separate post on meta for collecting "standing bounties" (is there some better terminology for them)? Of course, if MO users want to consider a similar solution, it should be discussed first. But looking at other sites, to see how it works there, might certainly be useful for such discussion. This answer is ...


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Yes, I think this could be a good thing! Tagging is often a thankless or even forgotten task. I think machine assistance can reduce the cognitive load needed for the task, hence encourage it.


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I'd add that the current help page on "What topics can I ask around here?" probably isn't helping. After the bolded phrase mathematical questions related to current research in mathematics I would add something like which you are well-placed to ask if you've had graduate-level training in mathematics or another mathematical discipline. (If you ...


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Personally I have never used anything very complicated. I use inline maths, displayed equations and aligned sets of equations, sometimes with matrices. I can't remember whether I have ever used fancier aspects of the array environment, but it's not hard to imagine doing so. Sometimes I use commutative diagrams, but the current arrangements for that are ...


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This is a meta-answer, rather than an answer, but I post it here since there is no meta-meta-mathoverflow. I am not hostile to the proposition per se, but the problem is, why change mathoverflow, if we don't like how it works? Why not create a new, independent, math forum, with a completely different form, spirit, and set of features? The web is still mostly ...


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Perhaps the following ideas are outside the scope or the original question. But in an ideal world, I think it would be useful to make the question editing window a bit more interactive for first time or beginner users. It is already the case that when you type the title of the question, the site dynamically matches the keywords in it and brings up links to ...


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I have created the tag synonym peano-arithmetic -> theories-of-arithmetic.


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Okay, after several days with no further substantive discussion on this question, it appears that both changes which I suggested as answers are supported by the community. After tinkering with a couple other possibilities, I was not personally able to come up with anything making the words "research mathematics" pop out any further. So the plan ...


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I believe that it is very important to make the phrasing essentially positive, so as to encourage questions as much as possible from the main population of people that might make valuable contributions to MathOverflow. We need in particular to phrase things so as to encourage questions from graduate students who might otherwise feel inhibited to contribute. ...


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As far as I understand, there is no rule against opening a meta post to discuss your own ban and defending yourself; especially if you wish to draw the attention of the community to a ban that you find unjust.


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